Leith tram works continue throughout the festival.

As many residents of Edinburgh city will be aware there is to be an embargo on tram works during the festival in the city centre.  How ever the main thoroughfare from the city centre to Leith is not part of the embargo and work will continue on Leith walk and indeed outside the Playhouse.  Leith once again is only considered part of the city when they have something to offer, for example paying their rates or when the city fathers need to move Leith’s road cleaning crews to George Street as George Street has the priority.  You would think that perhaps the traders of Leith walk rated some consideration during the spending spree that is the Edinburgh Festival, apparently not.  What do Leith walk traders have to do to get a fair share of the spoils, after all, to date they have taken the brunt of the losses incurred by traders in the city due to the shambolic tram works.

If Only Life Were Like This

A simple solution to reporting graffiti, litter, vandalism.

One of those really great ideas that make life much simpler, Fix my street makes reporting broken street lamps, vandalism, graffiti and litter far easier and they know who to contact. Simply click on this link Fix My Street and enter your postcode explain the problem even send pictures and fix my street (my society) will contact the relevant authorities and report the problem ASAP.

I’d like to thank greener Leith for making this information available (see blog roll for full link). Link to greener Leith full article. Fix My Leith

Same ol’ same ol’Labour summit

Absolutely fantastic news, in answer to their latest defeat in Glasgow East the Labour Party has come up with a sure fire strategy to regain the peak of the Holyrood political Mountain. Yes they are going to hold a summit next month to plot their fightback against the SNP.

George Foulkes is quoted as saying, “The wheels were getting wobbly before the recess and things were beginning to look a bit dodgy for them. When we get back, we’re going to redouble our efforts to make sure we expose their broken promises on student debt, police numbers and a host of other things. We need to be geared up to keep the pressure on.”

So that’s what happened George, the people of Glasgow East obviously weren’t told about the wobbly wheels, but once you get the summit going you will be able to bounce back off the ropes swinging wildly as usual and probably landing a few punches on yourself as is your way. But not to worry if there are lessons to learn from Glasgow East I really don’t think it is more of the same old ya boo politics times ten. Blocking an SNP minority government that is popular is not I fear the road to success the old guard of the Labour Party appear to think it is. The people of Scotland were once promised consensus politics aimed at bettering their lives and those around them, the new Holyrood parliament as I remember was to be a platform to launch a resurgence Scotland with a new politics it didn’t happen it isn’t happening and if Labour insist on plodding the same well worn political road it isn’t going to happen. Shame really some different strategies may have helped but it doesn’t sound like there is a single new thought with the old new Labour.

Did Labour lose or did the Scottish People Win.

Labour’s third safest seat in Scotland fell to the SNP yesterday, and now all the pundits and media sharks are taking a hard look at the Labour Party and in particular Gordon Brown. However, are they really looking in the right place. While the Tories, liberals and Labour parties are all steadfastly sticking to the old politics of perpetual conflict, why I have no idea as the policies are practically identical with tweaks here and there only to appeal to their perceived constituencies. A quiet revolution, perhaps not so quiet after Thursday’s by-election, apparently unnoticed, by huge chunks of the soundbite hungry media is going on. This shift is not really based in Hollywood. It’s based out there on the streets in the constituencies and has been driven by the people, not the parties. I’ve just returned from the corner shop, and a conversation between the lady behind the counter, someone who should be a natural Labour voter, and the shop owner a small businessman, who would once have been a natural conservative. Neither was surprised that Labour lost the by-election nor were they particularly unhappy it. Nor was the discussion about an SNP’s victory, the core of the discussion revolved around MPs pay, how many houses they had and effectively, what a bunch of losers they were. What was really being said was, of all the parties the SNP was least distasteful, perhaps because they had least history on which to base a judgement. However, the SNP by the nature of its agenda, really only have one aim and that is to get independence for Scotland, they are forced by the many and mixed political colours of their party members to make compromise their profession. I believe that by some secret method of osmosis this has been transmitted to the constituencies, and people like the feel of it. If the SNP want the Scottish people to give them a mandate for independence they need to convince the Scottish people that they have their best interests at heart. Not just the working class, not just the business class, everyone, the reds, the greens, the blues and the yellows. They seem to be succeeding in convincing people that they can do the job. However people are much more savvy than either the media or the politicians give them credit for, they know a good thing when they see it. So as long as the SNP are prepared to listen and act on behalf of their constituents, those constituents will make full use of the opportunity both to punish old Labour and to benefit from the position of advantage they finally find themselves in. A government that actually appears to listen to the voters is a rare commodity these days so let’s take full advantage and give them just enough hope of independent that they continue to work for the good of Scotland, and not too much leeway, just in case they forget who they are in power to help. All of us.

Lost Dog


Is Radovan Karadzic Really Father Christmas?

A man was arrested yesterday in Belgrade that the authorities are claiming is Radovan Karadzic. However close questioning of several extremely small pointy eared individuals leads me to suspect, that the individual is in fact father Christmas. I’ll let you decide to yourself.

Maybe even Ronnie Drew of the Dubliners.

Fater Christmas?
Radovan Karadzic
Fater Christmas?
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